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WORDS OF FAITH - February 11, 2010

posted Feb 14, 2010, 8:51 PM by Matt Anderson

An occasional newsletter for the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Mission Church in Eau Claire

February 11, 2010

 

While the Super Bowl became the most-watched television show of all time, 58 Lutherans were being counter-cultural (what else is new!) by gathering as Faith Lutheran Mission Church February 7th.  Pastor Tony Stoutenburg led a the service, including his sermon in which he reminded us that “The Main Thing” is Christ and his salvation for all.

 

Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and we celebrate by asking God to “create in us a clean heart” as we worship together again at 5 p.m.  Pastor Bryan Anderson will be joining us to lead worship.  Many of you will remember Pastor Anderson’s sermon in early November when a group of abandoned ELCA members gathered at Grace LutheranChurch for a special service.  For many of us it was our first opportunity to talk about the issues that were brought to the forefront by the ELCA’s Churchwide Assembly in August.

 

Pastor Anderson, who serves First Lutheran Church of Clear Lake, returns to Eau Claire to deliver a sermon he calls “Be Surprised.”  Not only is Pastor Anderson of a native of Eau Claire -- he grew up as a member of First Lutheran in EC – he’s the actual  son of Faith Lutheran Mission Church member Jean Anderson.  Paul Kosower plans to join us again at the organ, and it sounds as though we’ll even have some special music.  Join us for what promises to be an exciting evening.

 

After the service, join us for the traditional Valentine’s meal of barbeques and potato salad!  Bring your friends! It’s free (though if you’re going to count it as a date, you may want to put something in the free will offering!).

 

Membership

We currently have a list of 52 individuals who have indicated they wish to be members, and several others who are interested in what we’re doing, but not ready to commit to membership yet.  You’re welcome to do either, just come join us for worship and fellowship.

 

We will eventually develop a charter, at which time those wishing to be charter members of the congregation will get their opportunity to do so.  Other benefits of membership will be adding to our voice at national gatherings. Unlike some other church bodies, LCMC congregations appoint delegates directly to national gatherings so our voices are directly represented.

 

What Do You Think? 

As we settle into a rhythm (as much as any congregation less than a month old can settle into anything), the steering committee would really like to start gathering your opinion on some key matters.  We’re developing a survey that will be sent to each member and friend on our list.  We’ll ask questions ranging from worship to fellowship to interest areas.  We’ll try to make sure we hear from everyone who wants to be heard from.  Watch for it!

 

Missions

For those who may be new to Faith Lutheran Mission Church (and we’re getting new people joining our email list all the time), we have decided to dedicate the first 20% of our undesignated offerings to mission.  At our inaugural service, we put it all toward Haiti relief. 

 

For February, the steering committee has decided to split the mission offering between two local groups:  Feed My People and the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, recognizing that both these groups help those in our community who are most in need.

 

As mentioned last week, we’re hoping for a group of folks to step up to volunteer to gather information and lead the congregation in decisions about the destination of future offerings.  So far, we’ve heard from Sylvia Miller, Katie Evans and Sandy Kallenbach.  How about you?  If you’re interested, just reply to this note, or contact any of the Steering Committee members (see below if you don’t know who they are).

 

Nuts and Bolts

While the Sunday services continue to move forward, a number of logistics continue to get pulled together....here are some highlights:

  • We now have checks!  They arrived this week, and our treasurer Elaine Moore can start to write out checks. She’ll send $367 out from our mission offering to the Beyond the River Academy Haiti releif effort (from our January 31 service).  She’ll also make our first payment to Lutheran Church of St. Matthew for leasing the space at $100 per week – we’ll pay for February’s “rent” of $400.  Our positive balance of cash on hand vs. accounts payable on February 9 was $1,799.44.
  • Roger Flaten, through Lauren Flaten, has secured a good used desk and a refurbished computer and monitor for a grand total of $76!  These currently reside in our office space (what, you didn’t know we have office space?) at St. Matthew’s.  As more activity gets concentrated at the church building, this will really come in handy.  Thanks Lauren and Roger!
  • You’ve likely seen our ads in the Leader-Telegram the past two Saturdays.  The steering committee has decided to do ads the next three Saturdays as well in the Religion section.  We’ll evaluate further advertising after that.  Does anyone know of anyone who has attended because they saw the ads?  If so, let me know atinfo@faithlutheranmn.org, or by replying to this note.

 

Steering Committee

Our current steering committee is made up of: Bob Moore (chair), Chuck Olson (vice-chair), Elaine Moore (Treasurer), Janet Parkhurst (Financial Secretary), Dean Kallenbach (Secretary), Roger Flaten, Rollie Larson, Todd Lundquist, LaMoine Parkhurst and Jack Daniel.

 

The steering committee’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday night, February 16 in the St. Matthew Library (enter using the far west door of the building).  You’re always welcome to attend and add your ideas to the mix.  By the way, we plan to spend at least a half-hour at this meeting and several in the future discussing a constitution.

 

Got a meeting?

If you’re serving on one of the task forces to get us started, and you’re planning a meeting, let Todd Lundquist (midnitebass@gmail.com) know – he’ll make sure it gets added to the calendar on the website.  Check it out!

 

Suggestions?

Do you have ideas?  Wanna serve on a task force?  Have a skill or talent you're willing to share.  We want to hear from you.  You can reply to this e-mail, or use the contact form on the web -- http://www.faithlutheranmc.org/contact-us.

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